Advisory Board

The OBSERVE project is supported by an Advisory Board of outstanding Foresight experts:

  • Dr. Elena Hiltunen is CEO and Founder of What’s Next Consulting Oy. Elena holds a Doctor of Science (Business Administration). She is a leading thinker on horizon scanning methods, in particular weak signal screening, author of a number of key publications on weak signal scanning (c.f. Hiltunen 2008, 2007 and 2006) including the very recent book “future of technology in year 2035” (forthcoming in English in 2014). Elena is board member of European Futurist Conference and Editorial board member of Journal of Futures Studies.

  • Tatsuro Yoda, Ph.D., Senior Analyst Institute for Future Engineering, (Tokyo Japan), a think tank with a key role in advising Japanese Science and Technology Policy for more than 40 years. Mr Yoda specializes in science and technology policy, policy analysis, and technology foresight. He was a key contributor to the technology aspects of Japanese Foresight exercises.  His prior experiences include policy analysis works at the RAND Corporation (1998-2005), and policy coordination and management (civilian) at the Ministry of Defense (Defense Agency at the time) of the Japanese government (1992-1997).

  • Dr. Anne Stenros is Design Director at KONE Corporation, a world leading elevator and escalator company. She has the doctorate in technology in the field of architectural theory from Helsinki University of Technology. In 2005 she was Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre. She has lectured around the world and written articles on the theory and philosophy of architecture, design and innovation. She has been appointed as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce (FRSA, London) and has been actively contributing to a number of EC high level expert groups.

  • Radu Gheorghiu, Ph.D., is a founding member of Institutul de Prospectiva and advisor for the Romanian Minister of National Education and Research. In the last years, he has coordinated large scale foresight exercises supporting the elaboration of national strategies in the fields of R&D, education and public administration. He has also coordinated the development of a horizon scanning mechanism combining human analysis and machine learning, and published several scientific articles on foresight methodologies.

The board will review the project’s methodology and findings in particular at two critical junctures indicated by the two Milestones: After the end of the Horizon Scanning Phase (Month 8) and upon delivery of the first potential hotspots for Milestone 2 (Month 15). 


Dr. Philine Warnke

Competence Center Foresight 
Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research ISI 
Breslauer Strasse 48 
76139 Karlsruhe